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August 23rd, 2015

For a greener Lebanon!

by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The smell in Beirut’s streets these days is so horrendous one can hardly breath. Due to the general inability of the Lebanese government to agree where to dump the capital’s waste, the country is left with mounting piles of rubbish in the streets. A mass protest broke off last Saturday in Beirut, hundreds of protestors were attacked by the police with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. The activists were not only protesting against the stinking piles of rubbish in front of their homes but the general dysfunction of the political system.

The Green Line Association is a non-governmental association which tackles environmental problems in Lebanon caused by political corruption and division due to regional and local conflicts. The NGO exists since 1991, when a group of professionals from the American University of Beirut decided to translate their concern about the post-war devastated cultural, human and natural environment into an organized action. Their goal is to raise public awareness for environmental problems in Lebanon and contribute towards a scientific framework for a sustainable environmental management policy.

Support Green Line Association by donating, volunteering or simply sharing their contents!
August 21st, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was just found tortured and murdered, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women. Almost none of these crimes have been solved.

Rubén is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Freedom of expression is under attack in one of Latin America's oldest democracies! This case has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico, murdered for doing their jobs.

Add your voice now and show the Mexican government that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico!
August 11th, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Malini Foundation is a nonprofit social enterprise advancing the interests of girls and women in Sri Lanka through quality education, empowerment and by bringing their voices to the international community.

Malini Foundation focuses on education of adolescent girls due to a clear lack of organisations or programmes involved in educational youth work with girls only from age 6 on. Most children’s programmes focus on 0-5 year-olds, youth programmes tend to focus on males and older groups, and women’s programmes don’t typically capture adolescent girls. Programmes that do reach girls rarely address the ones most at risk.

By investing in adolescent girls Malini Foundation tries to solve the most persistent development problems facing the world today. Issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be broken by investing in their economic potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy.

Support Malini Foundation by donating, volunteering and promoting their work!
August 05th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf campaigns against Unilever claiming that the British-Dutch "multi" poisoned the soil and water of her town Kodaikanal with mercury. Mercury is a poisonous metal and India has no way of processing it.

The workers of Unilever's local thermometer assembly plant in Kodaikanal did not get any protective equipment or information about the disastrous impact that mercury has on health. The factory owned by Hindustan Unilever also dumped toxic mercury around their plant, and this has not been cleaned up in the 14 years since this plant was shut down. The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.

The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years. Unilever denies responsibility, dismissing scientific papers and the experiences of people from the area.

Now activists from Koidakanal urge Unilever to finally take responsability for the damage caused by their greed of profit. Support their demands by signing the petition!
August 03rd, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The safety of children in war is being ignored when they need us most. Right now, world leaders are preparing for the UN World Humanitarian Summit, which is only a few months away. The future of humanitarian action will be determined at this meeting.

As one of the world's leading contributors, the UK Government can help drive the UN to make the changes that will protect children from unimaginable horrors. This is a chance to change a system that currently neglects the needs and rights of children in war.

Please sign the petition to Justine Greening, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, asking her to champion the protection of children affected by conflict. The fate of millions of children in war can be changed if you add your voice to this petition.
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August 01st, 2015
type:NGO, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move. The drillship, Noble Discoverer and the oil rig Polar Pioneer are on their way to the Alaskan Arctic via Seattle. We aren’t going to allow them to slip into the far north unnoticed.

The company that operated the Noble Discoverer and the infamous Kulluk oil rig for Shell, pleaded guilty to 8 environmental and maritime felonies in 2014.

Other oil companies have stated that Arctic drilling is too risky, and have even allowed their own permits to expire. Does that sound like a company that should be trusted with the future of the Arctic?

Since the drillships are on their way and are going to leave a huge mess to clean after themselves, let's put the biggest cleaning rag together and send it to Shell with a clear message. Create your own rag with an individual message on it to the ones who make decisions about our planet's future without asking us!
July 30th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

CuriousWorks' is an enterprise based in Australia that grew out of a vision to give those in marginalised communities an opportunity to tell their stories.

CuriousWorks' focus lies in building cultural leaders who are taught the skills to document their lives through arts and the use of digital media.

Founder and Creative Director of CuriousWorks is Shakthi Sivanathan who explains the urgent necessity of media produced by and about people from different cultural backgrounds, especially in times of a globally spreading racism:

“The Australia in which our diversity of our cultures classes, geographies is represented through the main way that we share our stories through our media and advertising, tv, papers and at the moment that isn’t the case…those systems don’t reflect the diversity on the ground.” Sivanathan believes in ‘unlocking a cultural captial’ through the sharing of stories.

Support CuriousWorks by sharing and liking their projects, films, blogs an art and help spreading the stories of the unheard!
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July 29th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Bees are vital. They pollinate many of our crops and flowers. Without bees, growing apples and plums as well as the humble cabbage and cauliflower would become almost impossible! But our precious bees are struggling to survive. Their numbers are falling due to the use of bee-harming pesticides, lack of food, disease and climate change.

And again bees are the target of an irresponsable shady decision made behind closed doors: environment minister Elizabeth Truss has just allowed farmers to start using a banned bee-harming pesticide again this autumn.

Neonicotinoids have been shown to cause harm to bees, so their use as a seed treatment is currently banned in Europe. But Elizabeth Truss went against growing scientific evidence and accepted a request made by UK farmers to use the bee-harming pesticide.

Tell Elizabeth Truss to follow the evidence and keep bee-harming neonicotinoids out of our fields!
July 24th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The US government is about to let a giant international mining company dig up a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the Apache tribe.

Too many of our governments have a shameful history of abusing indigenous peoples. But when US lawmakers with links to mining interests used devious tactics to grant permission for the mine, the Apache fought back. It’s starting to work -- right now Congress is considering whether to stop the project.
Apache leaders will meet lawmakers in hours. If enough of us back their courageous call today, our mass of voices can build their strength to save their heritage, and send a message to governments around the world that indigenous lands and culture are not for sale.

Sign the petition and help saving the Oak Flat!
July 21st, 2015
type:Donation, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The need to remember often competes with the equally strong pressure to forget. Even with the best of intentions, erasing the past can prevent new generations from learning critical lessons while forever compromising opportunities to build a peaceful future.

Without safe spaces to remember and preserve these memories, the stories of elderly survivors of atrocity can vanish when they pass away; societies that have overcome conflicts may never seek justice for fear of re-opening old wounds; and the families of the disappeared may never find answers.

But these memories belong to us all. Their stories are our stories and their history is our history. This is why the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice, exists.

Support the work of Sites of Consience by donating, volunteering or organizing an event in your local community.